It’s Children’s Mental Health Week and this year’s theme is Healthy: Inside and Out. The aim is to encourage children and young people to look after their bodies and minds, as the two are inextricably linked. Over the course of the week we will be exploring this in more detail by attributing each letter in the word “healthy” to a vital component necessary for living a healthy and happy life.
It’s the final day and the focus is on the letter ‘Y’, which is all about You. A child’s knowledge of the importance of his/her wellbeing and the effect it has on others:
H – E – A – L – T – H – Y
Y – You
It’s important for children to know that they are the master of their own lives. In the end, it really is all about them as an individual, because their happiness affects everyone else around them. Children need to take time to do what’s right for them as an individual first in order to be the best version of themselves for others.
Self-care techniques and general lifestyle changes can help manage symptoms of many mental health problems, as well as help maintain and improve overall well-being. A child may be yelling, ‘I’m too busy to focus on self-care!’ But making time for self-care is very important in managing your overall health – mentally and physically.
Self-care is not a selfish thing to focus on. It’s important for a child/young person to:
- Spend some time alone
- Eat healthy foods
- Limit their screen time
- Get involved with physical activity
Understanding who you are and feeling confident that you will be supported by your family and other important adults. Your parents have a responsibility to ensure you are safe and that you are not overburdened with stress. They should also help you to develop safe friendships and activities and help you when things don’t go to plan.
(Source – Counselling Directory)
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